Sunday, May 20, 2007

Bloody hippies

Listening to The Motifs' album Dots is an almost hippy experience, which I wouldn't normally welcome. But it's a beautiful beautiful record. Unlike hippy music, all the songs are very short - the longest by far being 2:18. That in itself pops my world. (I can't even say the world "rock" in the context of that phrase - what a snob. Anyway...) What I love mostly about it is how sparse it is - dead simple orchestration (usually no more than two instruments). The vocals are quiet, as un-showoffy as can be, and yet, the way the harmonies are delivered is truly sublime. They sound like an angel choir. The beauty of 'Sleeping Away' makes my Sunday night uncharacteristically sweet.

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